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Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Insights of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park
The park has a toy train named 'Vanrani' which runs on the narrow railway gauge. The Vanrani simplifies to jungle queen and was functional for almost 25 years but could not continue after 2001 due to poor situation of the track. The tracks were repaired and the train has started operating again since 2017. The ride of the train lasts for about 15 minutes and takes the journey along the M.K. Gandhi Memorial and passes a couple of tunnels, bridges and traverses over the Deer Park as well.
The Lion and the Tiger Safari are an important attractive feature of the national park. The two have been developed to promote eco-tourism. The Lion Safari is a ride of 20 minutes that encompasses an area of almost 29.65 hectares. The safari takes place via a green bus of the park inside a fenced area of the forest. There are almost 4 Tigers and 25 lions as well as lionesses in the park. Lions can be viewed by the visitors from the green caged buses safely. This is done with the aim to make the lions and tigers comfortable in their natural habitats while the visitors look at them in caged buses.
A number of Walking trails have been constructed inside the park where the tourists can roam around freely. The infamous Ashok Van trail leads to the thick forest with Ashoka trees. The Gaumukh trail is an open place with a volcanic rock and is one of the most visited places in the park. The View Point trail is the highest point and gives a panoramic view of the city along with the three lakes in sight- Vihar Lake, Powai Lake, and the Tulsi Lake. Regular guided tours are conducted through these trails by the BNHS and WWF-India with collaborated organizations.
The Jain Temple or the Trimurti or the Trimurti Digambar Jain Mandir is also pretty famous and is located on the Vanrani trail in the park premises. There are large idols of the holy figures of Lord Bahubali, Lord Bharata and Lord Adinath and his sons. The statue of Rishabhanatha is the tallest with the height of 31 feet followed by Bahubali and Bharatha being 28 feet in height.
The Kanheri caves are almost 2400 years old and are also a protected area and an archaeological site. The site was once a settlement and served the travelers as inns to stay. The word 'Kanheri' has been derived from the Sanskrit language meaning Krishnagiri or the black mountain.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be booked online on this website with a safe and secure payment gateway as well.
How To Get Around?
The locals usually prefer the local trains to commute to the park. If you are a tourist, the trains might be a hectic task for you. You can travel on a tour bus or easily rent a taxi for the entire trip.
What Should I Wear?
Wear something sporty as you might have to walk a lot as the place is open and adventurous too. You can go for a pair of comfortable shorts with a top or t-shirts. Boys can go for capris and casual t-shirts.
Best Time to Visit
The months starting from November to February are the best as the weather is cool and there is less humidity with no rains.
How To Get There?
The local trains can be helpful but a little crowded as well. Also, a car will be a good option to rent as this will help you for the entire trip.
Cameras and mobile phones might not be allowed in some restricted areas. Do not interact with animals unless allowed or guided to do so.